Saturday, September 29, 2007

I have a tiny bit of sunburn.

Kara and Abby and my mom and dad and Uncle Scott went to Apple Hill, which is an orchard and a bunch of other stuff like hay mazes and animals and pumpkins and a store and booths and food. We picked a bunch of apples. And I took pictures. And got visciously scratched by an apple tree. It was fun. Not the scratch. Then we went back to their house. And I made Jess a facebook account. My sister and I play the New Super Mario Bros Mario vs Luigi game all the time. Very fun. I beat her 95% of the time. The Office premiere was ok. Not, like, one of the best episodes ever. But ok. I am so totally getting a Support the Rabid rubber bracelet. And a WristStrong. I will be the most awesomest geeky person ever. Am gonna buy I Am America (And So Can You!) too. I got a Calvin and Hobbes book, Yukon Ho! at the book fair thing at school. And the fourth Artemis Fowl book.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


That is all.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


The Emmys are tomorrow. TDS, TCR, The Office, House, Barry Manilow. Yay. HUGH LAURIE IS ON LENO THE 21ST! ED HELMS IS ON CONAN THE 27TH! And The Office hour-long premiere!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

I got them at a fancier place. Target.

Tons of stuff. From Target. The Office stuff. Dwight head stress ball. Coffee mugs. Lots of paper products. And magnets. Also pens and pencils. Mechanical ones. Sam just randomly appeared in the gym during junior high volleyball practice yesterday. Very awesome. Good to see him. He's working at Camp Patmos for a week. Neato. The junior high team was in this "Friendship Tournament" today. With two other teams. Only we split up into two different teams as did Lake Ridge. Open Door did not. Many games. We had to be at LR at 8:00 in the morning. Not very fun. Even though I accidentally fell asleep at 10 PM on Friday. I think each team played five games. Something like that. They had two courts at the same time; the gym wasn't wide enough for the girls to serve from the actual serving line, which was about two feet from the wall on one side. I mostly watched. Was slightly perturbed at having gotten up so early for mostly nothing. But for two of the last games, I did the scorebook for the people. And Eveline flipped the little score-keeper-flap things. Eveline is cool and also a foreign exchange student from Brazil that is in my class and lives with the Warkentiens and is staying for six months. I'm waiting for The House That Hugh Laurie Built and I Am America (And So Can You). And, apparently, The Paper Soldier. At least I hope so. I'm reading the book of Andrew Keen, who was on The Colbert Report a monthish ago. The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture. He is very annoying and mostly wrong and extremely arrogant/retarded. And he keeps calling internet people "monkeys" and "noble amateurs". Only in a sarcastic tone. Stupid man. I want to punch him. In the eye/tooth. I have been watching too much of The Office.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Jon Stewart <3

" Good evening and welcome to "The Daily Show." We are back. This is our first show since the tragedy in New York City. There is no other way really to start this show than to ask you at home the question that we've asked the audience here tonight and that we’ve asked everybody that we know here in New York since September 11th, and that is, "Are you okay?" We pray that you are and that your family is. I’m sorry to do this to you. It’s another entertainment show beginning with an overwrought speech of a shaken host. TV is nothing, if not redundant. So, I apologize for that. It’s something that unfortunately, we do for ourselves so that we can drain whatever abscess is in our hearts and move onto the business of making you laugh, which we really haven’t been able to do very effectively lately. Everyone’s checked in already, I know we’re late. I’m sure we’re getting in right under the wire before the cast of "Survivor" offers their insight into what to do in these situations. They said to get back to work. There were no jobs available for a man in the fetal position under his desk crying, which I would have gladly taken. So I came back here. Tonight’s show is obviously not a regular show. We looked through the vaults, we found some clips that we thought might make you smile, which is really what’s necessary, I think, right about now. A lot of folks have asked me, "What are you going to do when you get back? What are you going to say?" I mean, what a terrible thing to have to do. I don’t see it as a burden at all. I see it as a privilege. I see it as a privilege and everyone here does see it that way. The show in general, we feel like is a privilege. Just even the idea that we can sit in the back of the country and make wise cracks, which is really what we do. We sit in the back and we throw spitballs, but never forgetting the fact that is a luxury in this country that allows us to do that. This is a country that allows for open satire, and I know that sounds basic and it sounds as though it goes without saying - but that’s really what this whole situation is about. It’s the difference between closed and open. It’s the difference between free and burdened, and we don’t take that for granted here by any stretch of the imagination, and our show has changed. I don’t doubt that. What it’s become, I don’t know. "Subliminable" is not a punch line anymore. One day it will become that again, and Lord willing, it will become that again because that means we have ridden out the storm. But the main reason that I wanted to speak tonight is not to tell you what the show is going to be. Not to tell you about all the incredibly brave people that are here in New York and in Washington and around the country. But we’ve had an unenduring pain here - an unendurable pain. I wanted to tell you why I grieve, but why I don’t despair…I’m sorry. Luckily we can edit this. One of my first memories is of Martin Luther King being shot. I was five and if you wonder if this feeling will pass…When I was five, he was shot. Here’s what I remember about it. I was in a school in Trenton. They shut the lights off and we got to sit under our desks and we thought that was really cool and they gave us cottage cheese, which was a cold lunch because there was rioting, but we didn’t know that. We just thought that “My God. We get to sit under our desks and eat cottage cheese.” That’s what I remember about it. That was a tremendous test of this country’s fabric and this country’s had many tests before that and after that. The reason I don’t despair is because this attack happened. It’s not a dream. But the aftermath of it, the recovery is a dream realized. And that is Martin Luther King's dream. Whatever barriers we've put up are gone even if it's momentary. We're judging people by not the color of their skin but the content of their character. You know, all this talk about "These guys are criminal masterminds. They’ve gotten together and their extraordinary guile…and their wit and their skill." It's a lie. Any fool can blow something up. Any fool can destroy. But to see these guys, these firefighters, these policemen and people from all over the country, literally, with buckets rebuilding. That's extraordinary. That's why we've already won. It's light. It's democracy. We've already won. They can't shut that down. They live in chaos and chaos…it can't sustain itself. It never could. It's too easy and it's too unsatisfying. The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center and now it's gone. They attacked it. This symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination and commerce and it is gone. But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can't beat that. So we're going to take a break and I'm going to stop slobbering on myself and on the desk. We’re going to get back to this. It's gonna be fun and funny and it's going to be the same as it was and I thank you. We'll be right back. " - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show - September 20, 2001